I finally realized what the National League pennant race is reminding me of this year.
That would be the 2015 National League pennant race.
The three teams with the best records in the league were all in the NL Central and the Cardinals had to fight and claw their way to a first place finish to avoid the Wild Card play-in game.
But after all that fighting and clawing, their starting pitching staff was decimated. And they shortly thereafter lost the NLDS to the Cubs.
I am looking at the state of the Cubs pitching staff. And the standings.
And it is being very familiar.